Locals celebrate Thanksgiving with compassion instead of meat

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A local group is making Thanksgiving more about saving turkeys than eating them.

The Grand Junction chapter of Vegan Life Colorado hosted a 'Compassionate Thanksgiving' potluck dinner Saturday night.

"What we're promoting is a very compassionate way of having a Thanksgiving, being very conscientious about what we're eating and no harm is caused to any animals," said Rhonda Dunlap, one of the group's vegan members.

The members shared traditional Thanksgiving food like stuffing, sweet potatoes and, of course, pumpkin pie, but made entirely without animal products.

"Rather than going into the holidays and eating all of these foods that are fattening and artery clogging and unhealthy for us and for animals, consider what the benefits are for a plant-based diet," Dunlap said.

Vegan Life Colorado hosts luncheons and potlucks every month and invites others to join to learn about the advantages of cruelty-free eating.

Dunlap has also just published a book entitled, "Guide to Super Raw Foods," which is filled with vegan recipes that are all made without cooking or baking.

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